Overview of VCRCD Programmatic Permits

The VCRCD Programmatic Permit program was specifically designed to facilitate the removal of Arundo and Tamarisk from the reaches and tributaries of the Calleguas Creek and Santa Clara River watersheds. VCRCD holds two separate sets of permits, one for each of these watersheds.

For removal efforts in Calleguas Creek, permits held by VCRCD’s Calleguas Creek Arundo/Tamarisk Removal Program (CCARP) are used. For removal efforts in the Santa Clara River, permits held by VCRCD’s Santa Clara Arundo/Tamarisk Removal Program (SCARP) are used. It is important to note that the SCARP permits only cover work in the portion of the Santa Clara River within Los Angeles County.

As permit holders, VCRCD is responsible for applying for and maintaining the most recent permits from the regulatory agencies with jurisdiction within each watershed. These agencies include, among others, the Army Corp of Engineers, California Department of Fish and Wildlife, and Los Angeles Regional Water Quality Control Board.

Since VCRCD maintains current regulatory permits, entities wishing to initiate Arundo and/or Tamarisk removal do not need to approach each of the agencies involved. Instead, entities wishing to conduct removal efforts pay VCRCD a nominal fee to cover the costs of providing the existing permits and to verify compliance with permit requirements.

Permit Use Requirements       Project Description Example         Project Funds Example

SCARP permit                            SCARP Project Example                          SCARP Funding Example